Everton skipper Phil Neville insists finishing in the top ten is not enough for the club of their size.
Writing in his programme notes ahead of Saturday's Goodison clash with Manchester City, the 36-year-old insists his remarks were misconstrued.
He said: "I made some comment during the week about top 10 finishes being fantastic for Everton.
"My comments have been misconstrued. I was trying to compare where Everton are now to where the club was 10 years ago but it didn't come out right.
"Anyone who knows me, knows full well that 'top 10' isn't good enough for me - and the tweets I received made sure I was aware of how the comments had been taken.
"Evertonians quite rightly have high standards for themselves, and for their team, and I can assure you that mine are just as high."